Providence College To Host First And Second Rounds Of The 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

April 18, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced today [April 18, 2017] by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee that the Dunkin’ Donuts Center has been selected as one of the sites for the First and Second Rounds of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Providence College will serve once again as the host institution for the First and Second Rounds, which will be played on March 18 and 20, 2021. Providence College and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center teamed up to host the event most recently in 2016 and 2010.

“We are excited to host the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center,” Providence College Athletics Director Bob Driscoll said. “We have established a rich tradition of hosting highly successful NCAA events in the City of Providence, and we look forward to serving as host once again. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is one of the most prestigious and exciting events in all of sports. Hosting this event opens the door to showcase our great city, top-notch staff and venue.”

The Dunkin’ Donuts Center has a long history of hosting NCAA men’s basketball tournament action. In addition to hosting the 2016 First and Second Round games, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center hosted the East Regionals in 1975, 1978 and 1985. The First and Second Rounds of the 2010, 1996 and 1989 NCAA Men’s Tournament also were played at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

“The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament places Providence and all of Rhode Island on a national stage,” Martha Sheridan, President and CEO, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau said. “It is an excellent opportunity to welcome visitors from all across the country. We have worked with Providence College, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the community on this event very successfully in the past and we look forward to working with them again to showcase our city and our state.”

Providence College has long been active in pursuing NCAA Tournament action. Providence College has served as the host school each time the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been played in Providence. The College also has served as the host for three Frozen Fours (1986, 1995 and 2000) and two men’s ice hockey Regionals (1992 and 2003) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Ticket pre-sale information and timelines will be released closer to the event. As in 2016, Providence College men's basketball season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to reserve tickets to this event before tickets go on sale to the general public. To become a season ticket holder today, please visit our online box office at or call our office at 401-865-GOPC (4672).


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